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Why You Need to Look Beyond the Resume

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A resume is a ticket.  The big show is the interview.  Yet resumes rarely accurately reflect the experience, expertise, and likely effectiveness of candidates in consideration for skilled roles and leadership positions.  

Many times our recruiters will meet candidates appearing underwhelming on paper only to show up and impress as truly top level talent.  

On the other end of the spectrum, our teams see truly impressive resumes, only to experience an underwhelming level of knowledge, depth, and communication relative to the levels indicted on paper.  

Rarely does a resume align well with the actual underlying person.

Why Does This Happen?

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Topics: Hiring Strategies

5 Ways to Enhance Your Productivity in the Workplace

Posted by SelectOne

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Productivity in the workplace is critical for all employees to feel accomplished, succeed in their role, and get out of work on time each night. Beyond that, the concept of productivity is more than trying to accomplish as much as possible in a short amount of time.

Employee productivity is directly correlated with employee engagement, which is a major problem the U.S. workforce is facing. It has been found that only 31.5% of U.S. employees are engaged in their roles. The other 68.5% cost the American economy up to $350 billion per year in lost productivity. 

$350 billion is a large number to wrap your mind around, but it helps illustrate the importance for each employee to take the time to identify ways to maximize their productivity at work.

For example, take these 5 easy tips into consideration:

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Topics: Workplace

Building Culture & Morale in the Face of Turnover

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Keeping morale and finding ways to prevent your culture from significantly degrading during periods of turnover are really important – I speak from experience.   

A few years back, we made a commitment as a company to grow beyond a lifestyle business to a truly scalable business model with a vision and strategy for significant growth. This required us to move on from employees that no longer fit where we were headed, shared our values, or believed in our vision. There were 6 months of pretty intense turnover, some caused by us by design, and some a byproduct of what we’d set in motion.

Ultimately, here are a few net takeaways we’ve learned from our own experiences and observations from working with many companies through the years - some with great culture and morale, and others that blow it completely.

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Topics: Workplace

The Hierarchy of Needs in the Workplace

Posted by John Baldo

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The Big Idea

We all know large constructs such as culture, values, community and generational dynamics are all important at a gut level but what do they really mean for most companies and why are they so important?

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Topics: Workplace

Evolving How Businesses Make Buying Decisions

Posted by SelectOne

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Companies purchase all sorts of goods and services to operate.  Advanced manufacturers have intricate supply chains often providing highly unique and technical inventory components.  Wholesalers and retailers purchase physical goods from suppliers and manufacturers to be resold to other businesses or end consumers.  Nearly every company in some form purchases information technology, legal, search & staffing, accounting, engineering, marketing, and advisory services to name just a few.  

 Accessibility to information via the web has significantly changed the way customers make buying decisions.  The process companies undertake to procure goods and services, whether raw materials, components, professional services, supplies, or high end consulting, has changed substantially in that any company anywhere can position themselves to discover and be discovered.   

But once a business is found and a prospect is ready to make a purchasing decision, more traditional buyer categories still tend to drive outcomes.

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Topics: Workplace, Hiring Strategies

Don't Wait Until 2059 For Equal Pay

Posted by Marissa Malone

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The women’s suffrage of the roaring 1920s is not as distant a memory as it may seem.

Today we celebrate Equal Pay Day - a date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work in order to “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year, in addition to raising awareness around the gender pay gap in your community.

Pay Parity in New York

If you look at median pay, there is an annual wage gap of $6,799 across 81% of New York’s Congressional Districts.

  • A woman who holds a full-time, year-round job makes on average, $44,781.
  • A man who holds a full-time, year-round job makes on average, $51,580.

For women of color who hold full-time, year-round jobs – the gap is even larger:

  • African American women are paid $0.66 cents to the dollar.
  • Latina women are paid $0.56 cents to the dollar.
  • Asian women are paid $0.80 cents to the dollar.

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Topics: Hiring Strategies, Career Advice

Why Can’t I Find the Best Candidates?

Posted by Kevin Kerl

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One of the biggest frustrations we hear from owners is that the growth of their company is stunted by the inability to ramp up their teams with the right people. Most attribute this to the lack of quality candidates which fuels their frustrations across internal recruiting teams and staffing vendors.

But if you peel back the layers of the onion, what is really occurring? Why are companies struggling to find the best candidates and hire them?

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Topics: Hiring Strategies

Embracing the Pivot

Posted by Bridget Eimer

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As a CPA who formerly worked at a Big-Four public accounting firm I often managed large amounts of client data displayed in Excel. As a means to reorganize and summarize selected data in a spreadsheet, without actually changing any of the data, I used a tool called “pivot tables.”

It was during these tedious tasks that I often found myself wondering how I had ended up in my current position and what choices I had made along the way that had lead me there. Hadn’t I wanted this career? Hadn’t I actively pursued a Big-Four firm and those three precious little letters that follow my last name? Would I ever escape the exercise of scrolling through these seemingly endless spreadsheets and all these pivot tables?

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Topics: Career Advice

10 Things Successful People Do

Posted by SelectOne

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One of the great things about being in the Executive Search business is that we have the unique vantage point of working with many highly successful people. This applies to both customers and candidates spanning across different industries, skill-sets, and backgrounds that have interacted with us through the years.

We’ve identified common approaches taken, overwhelmingly, by the most successful people we interact with.

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Topics: Workplace, Hiring Strategies, Career Advice

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